New "sensing" technologies offering real-time information about issues like traffic congestion, water quality and air pollution will get $330,000 in Council funding.
This investment will help Christchurch become a Smart City, where we do things differently, more sustainably and more effectively through the clever use of technology, says Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck.
"We want to get to the point where people can get amazing information in real-time that helps them make choices about where to swim or what road to take. We will all know much more about the city's environment -- for example the rivers and air quality -- at any given moment."
Other ways Smart Cities will provide healthier environments include improvements to energy use, for example smart meters and greener buildings, and water use through the use of smart meters and leakage identification and prevention.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is also providing $330,000 in funding and NEC $200,000 for the programme's early stages in Christchurch. The Mayor will sign a Smart City Collaboration Protocol with NEC.
"The partnership with the government, NEC and others offers a great opportunity for us to start creating more opportunities through the use of open data, opportunities we can't even see yet."
The Council will work with Environment Canterbury, the University of Canterbury, NZ Police, ambulance services, central government, social agencies, private enterprise, and other local councils to help Christchurch become a Smart City, in a smart Canterbury and with the ultimate goal of a smart nation.
Auckland and Wellington are also trialling this technology as it is seen as an important next step in enhancing urban environments globally. This technology can help create safer communities and Council will be taking guidance from the Privacy Commissioner who is working closely with LINZ on the Smart Cities programme.
This programme also forms part of the Greater Christchurch Resilience Plan.